Following the daily increase in the number of the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases across Belgium, the country is now on alarm level 4, the highest alarm level. This is a very high alert that requires stricter measures across the country.
The Consultation Committee has decided on stricter measures today which takes effect from Monday, 19 October 2020. These measures are as follows;
- Close contacts are limited to a maximum of 1 person. This is the only person you can hug or don’t need to social distance from.
- Private meetings are limited to a maximum of 4 people. These are the people you can only meet with within the space of two weeks.
- Public meetings are limited to a maximum of 4 people.
- Teleworking is advised as much as possible. It is however mandatory for those that can work from home.
- Markets and small fairs will remain open, however, the consumption of drinks and foods is prohibited.
- Other markets such as flea markets, small Christmas markets are prohibited.
- Bars, Cafés and restaurants are to close for a period of 4 weeks. This decision will be evaluated after 2 weeks.
- Reception and banquets provided by a professional catering company/caterer are prohibited, except in hotels for the guest staying in the hotel and coffee tables at funerals with a maximum of 40 people.
- Night shops are to close by 10 pm. Also, there is a ban on alcohol sales after 8 pm.
- Curfew is to be in place between midnight and 5 am. This means public places are prohibited to anyone except for essential, non-postponable trips such as urgent medical reasons, professional trips, etc.
- The measures regarding indoor activities continue to apply until 23rd October.
- Professional outdoor activities like sports are now reduced to a maximum of 200 persons.
The above measures take effect on Monday, 19 October 2020, and apply for 4 weeks, after which an evaluation will follow.
Download the CoronAlert Belgium application
Downloading the app can warn you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, without you knowing who, where, or when. It can also advise you on the steps you can take to protect yourself and others. In addition, it anonymously notifies other users of the app with whom you have had close contact if you have tested positive for coronavirus.